1785 The Adventures of the Six Princesses of Babylon, in their Travels to the Temple of Virtue: An Allegory
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First Edition, Leather Binding, Scarce, Signed
Its author, bookseller and children's author Lucy Peacock (1785–1816), kept a shop in Oxford Street, London. Although little is known of her life, it is likely that she was married, as the publisher's imprint on some of her works states that they were ‘printed for R. and L. Peacock’. The Adventures of the Six Princesses of Babylon was one of her earliest works, of which five editions were printed, and which was ‘dedicated, by permission to her Royal Highness the Princess Mary’. (ODNB) With a subscribers list comprised of over 1000 individuals. Signed by the author on the final page of the text. Scarce first edition.
Expertly rebacked in calf with the original boards laid down. Externally, rather worn to extremities though spine remains smart. Rear hinge a little strained. Internally, firmly bound. Some scattered spotting throughout with slight tidemarks to the upper margins of several pages, otherwise pages are clean with just a few handling marks. Neat, faded ink inscription to front free endpaper.
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